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2021 MCD Grenache

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Everyone who knows Kevin, understands his passion for old vine Grenache. Named in honour of Kevin’s maternal Grandfather, Maurice Charlie Duke, a local Penwortham man skilled in managing fruit orchards, grape growing and bee keeping, his dedication and passion for local Penwortham horticulture and the community at large the inspiration in bestowing his name MCD to his favourite variety.

Varietal: Grenache 100%

Vintage: 2021

Region: Clare Valley

Colour: Brick red with deep crimson hues.

Nose: Easily identified aromas of perfumed spices, cherry cola, red fruits, and a hint of savoury meats flood the nose.

Palate: Flavours of dark cherries, subtle smokiness, licorice, and tar. The gentle tannins and the time spent in older large oak casks providing the final polish and precision the wine reflects.

Winemaking: Despite losing much of the Clare Valley’s precious Grenache resources back in the 1980s during the government sponsored vine pull scheme, small blocks remain with the MCD sourced from a single vineyard in Sevenhill. The single parcel was sorted and crushed to a small open topped fermenter, gently pumped over and once dry was allowed a few days on skins to all come together. Basket pressing to seasoned French oak hogsheads, the effects of oak on Woodvale’s Grenache providing more of a softening and clarifying effect rather than an overt influence.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now, the wine will continue to improve until 2030.

Food Pairing Suggestion: Don’t be afraid to bring out the Grenache at your next barbeque.

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